More safety inspectors coming: Oliphant

2011-03-01 17:47

Pretoria - Labour Minister Nelisiwe Oliphant on Tuesday reiterated her promise to increase the number of inspectors to ensure non-contravention of safety regulations by employers.

"This year, inspection and enforcement will go ahead full steam," said Oliphant at the official opening of the Mbombela labour centre, which was closed down last year for failure to comply with health and safety regulations.

"You will soon realise that we want to raid farms in places like these unannounced to check the level of compliance with all the labour laws.

"We will therefore require inspectors to lead this drive. We will work with the departments of agriculture, home affairs and others to ensure that errant employers have nowhere to hide," she was quoted as saying by her department.

She said last year's closure showed that the department would stop at nothing to abide by the law.

The event was attended by speakers from the local municipality, labour unions and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

  • Mpumalanga Fred - 2011-03-01 18:17

    What a joke. Will they be incompetent as the current ones where an official investigation into a fatality took a total of 10 min. PATHETIC - are they really serious?

  • lilian - 2011-03-01 21:19

    Are farmers the only employers in this country? The labour department always go on about farmers. We will raid farms. What a bunch of buffoons!

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